The B.C. Junior Champion for 2001 is Roman Jiganchine. However, despite having a 283 rating point cushion over the rest of the field, his road to the title was not without incident. Having won his first four games, in the last round Roman contrived to lose to Fanhao Meng, thus producing a four-way tie(!) between Jiganchine, Meng, John Wilson and Yamei Wang. Yamei declined to take part in the playoffs, which left three to go through the excitement/agony of sudden-death tie-break games. Following a round of 15 minute/player games the scores were still tied, so we went to a second round of 5 minute/player games. After two games Jiganchine and Meng each had a win, but in the third game Wilson had King and Rook against Jiganchine's lone King. Unfortunately for John his flag fell (well, actually fortunately from the TD's perspective), thus Roman drew the game and "won" the championship. Black won all the playoff games and was winning in the final drawn game!
The tournament was held at the Vancouver Bridge Centre on the weekend of November 10-12, 2001. Katherine Davies was the organizer, Stephen Wright the tournament director. In addition to the main first prize of a trip to the Canadian Junior Championship, prizes were also awarded for Best Game and Biggest Upset. Ben Daswani and Yamei Wang shared the former, for their wins against Graham Sadoway and Kaleim Nathani respectively, while Tiffany Tang won the latter by beating Yaroslav Goutor, a 303 point difference.
Some games from the event